Published: Mar 13, 2019 | By: Richard Caven
When your mouth is dry, it's more than just annoying. It can actually be harmful to your oral health. Let's look at the function of saliva in your mouth, as well as the causes of dry mouth, and what you can do about them.
Saliva does much more than just help you chew and digest your food. It also helps protect your mouth from bacteria and other problems. It dilutes the sugars in the food residue left in your mouth after eating to keep them from breaking down your tooth enamel. It neutralizes acids that can have an eroding effect, and has antimicrobial properties to prevent bacteria growth between brushings. It can even facilitate healing in damaged tissue, such as sores or wounds inside your mouth. Clearly, saliva is very important. Which is why a dry mouth can be so harmful to your oral health.
Here are a few possible causes...
Particularly if you know the specific cause there are a few steps you can take to help your mouth produce more saliva.
If you’re suffering from dry mouth, contact Caven Dental today to set up an appointment.
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